Removing King’s name in Kansas City opens wounds, discussion

In this Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019, photo, people wearing “Save The Paseo” shirts stand among attendees at a rally to keep a street named in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at Paseo Baptist Church in Kansas City, Mo. In January, the City Council voted to rename one of the city’s main boulevards, The Paseo, after King, but many in the community want the old name back. A petition drive put the issue on the Nov. 5 ballot pitting neighbors against each other. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

In this April, 20, 2019, file photo, public works employee Jerry Brooks changes a street sign from The Paseo to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Kansas City, Mo. More than 50 years after King was assassinated, the city’s efforts to honor the civil rights leader has met opposition from citizens opposed to the renaming of The Paseo, one of the city’s iconic boulevards. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City leaders and residents on Wednesday began what is likely to be a challenging conversation about how to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and recover from wounds inflicted during a nearly yearlong debate over naming a street for the civil rights icon in the majority white city.